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India smash record 315 against Australia in first one-dayer

BANGALORE, India, March 25 (AFP) - Rahul Dravid scored 80 as India piled up 315 in the first one-day international against world champions Australia here on Sunday.

The Indians were all out off the penultimate ball after compiling their highest one-day score against the Aussies, surpassing the 309-5 at Cochin in 1998.

Dravid played the sheet anchor's role to perfection as the hosts flayed the bowlers after electing to take first strike in perfect batting conditions in the day-night match.

Dravid put on 100 off 97 balls for the fifth wicket with Virender Sehwag and 61 off 39 for the sixth with wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya.

Sehwag, the Delhi all-rounder, hit 58 off 54 balls with the help of eight fours before he was bowled trying to loft seamer Damien Fleming out of the jam-packed Chidambaram stadium.

Dahiya made 51 off just 39 deliveries to help the Indians set Australia a stiff target of 6.3 runs an over.

Dravid, who came in at 52-2 in the 10th over, batted till the 44th before being caught in the deep off Damien Martyn.

India rattled up 102-3 by the 15th over after a flurry of boundaries from Sachin Tendulkar and Venkatsai Laxman.

Tendulkar brushed aside the loss of his captain Sourav Ganguly in the sixth over to hammer a quickfire 35, including a six and three fours in one Glenn McGrath over.

Laxman, who made 503 runs during India's 2-1 win in the Test series, once again feasted on the Aussie attack to hit seven boundaries and a six in his 45 off 34 balls.

Tendulkar was run out in the 10th over when Laxman refused his call for a second run even as Michael Bevan swooped on the ball on the point fence.

Laxman himself departed off the last ball of the 15th over, holing out to long-off against Ian Harvey.

India slipped to 122-4 when left-hander Hemang Badani edged Shene Warne to Mark Waugh in the slips after making 11.

Dravid, with useful contributions from Sehwag and Dahiya, then ensured India put up a challenging total.

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